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Beware Of Fake HMRC Websites And Emails

Don't fall for the scammers ...

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HMRC have released figures on the number of fake HMRC websites it's taken down in the past year. The number tops 20,000 and they warn that people need to stay vigilant against online fraudsters ...

Beware of fake HMRC websites, emails or text messages!

Beware of fake HMRC websites, emails or text messages!

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The National Cyber Security Centre recognises that HMRC is the 'most abused' Government department. Emails and texts promising tax refunds direct the unsuspecting to fake websites to steal personal details as well as charge for what HMRC provides for free.

"But HMRC is fighting back!"

They recently introduced a verification system called DMARC which validates emails against the sender so people can be sure that the message has actually come from who it says it comes from. So, far, this has stopped over 1/2 billion scam emails from being delivered.

And the same attention is being given to text messages and HMRC has now been able to reduce these spoof texts by 90%. This is a significant achievement that has won them awards and accolades for their digital innovations in the fight against the fraudsters.

Remember that genuine organisations will never ask you for passwords and pin numbers. Never download suspicious attachments and under no circumstances click links in emails or text messages you are unsure of.

Remember, HMRC will never notify you of a tax refund by email or text message and if you receive anything suspicious, claiming to be from them, do report it.

You can forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to and text messages to 60599. Any dodgy calls can be reported to 0300 123 2040 or online via the Action Fraud website.

"Would you like to know more?"

If you're one of our clients and would like to find out more about fake HMRC websites or have received a suspicious email or text message, then do give me a call on 01908 774320 or click here to ping me an email and let's see how I can help you.

Until next time ...

Business Godparent

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More about Roger Eddowes ...

Roger trained at Edward Thomas Peirson & Sons in Market Harborough before working at Hartwell & Co, followed by Chancery, as a partner. He started Essendon Accounts and Tax with Helen Beaumont in 2014 as a general practitioner with a hands-on approach.

Roger loves getting his hands dirty, working with emerging, small-to-medium and family businesses to ensure they receive the best possible accountancy advice. Roger utilises an extensive network of business contacts to leverage the best guidance and practical solutions.